Sunday, October 9, 2016

Class of '59 by John A. Heldt




Class of '59 is the newest time-travel romance from John A. Heldt, author of Indiana Belle. Continuing with the same time-hopping scenario as his previous books, Heldt tells the story of Mark who accidentally lands in 2017. There he meets Mary Beth and her sister Piper who he brings back to his own time. Piper is ecstatic to experience high school in 1959. Mary Beth is content to spend time with her charming time-traveling companion Mark.

I didn't love this installment of the American Journey series as much as I did Indiana Belle. I liked that it was a light read, but felt it was missing some of the depth of the previous book. The romance between Mary Beth and Mark was sweet but moved slowly. Some mundane details and conversations could have been cut.

However, the time-travel element kept me hooked on the story. Class of '59 has all the elements of a 1950s teen romp: poodle skirts, malt shops and drag races. Their exploration of the '50s was fun. Mary Beth and Piper even have an encounter with an Old Hollywood celebrity.  The foursome made a mistake early on that was sure to catch up with them. This lead to a fast-paced and action-packed conclusion.

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